Epidural Steroid Injection

An Epidural Steroid Injection places this powerful anti-inflammatory medication directly around the spinal nerves to help with lower back pain.

Procedure

  • To administer the epidural steroid injection, you will lie flat, face down, on an x-ray table.
  • Using the x-ray to visualize the location of the tip of the needle, the doctor will guide the needle to an area very near to the spinal nerves, called the epidural space.
  • Using the x-ray improves the chance the medication will be given in the proper location.
  • The epidural steroid injection lasts about 15 minutes.

Preparation

  • Schedule an interview with the radiologist two days prior to exam. You will also need blood work (PT/PTT, CBC with Diff) at that time.
  • Bring a prescription from your doctor to your interview.
  • If you are currently taking any blood thinner (Coumadin, Aspirin, Lovenox, Plavix), you need to stop it five days prior to exam and inform your doctor.
  • Bring a list of your current medications.
  • You will stay one to three hours post procedure for recovery.
  • You cannot drive yourself home.
  • If you have questions call (734) 246-7357 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. After hours, leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
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